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Fantastic Four #28: It’s Clobberin’ Time 2

Posted in It's Clobberin' Time with tags , , , , , , , on March 30, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #28, page 11, panel 4

Fantastic Four #28, page 11, panel 4

Written by Stan Lee (The Leader!)

Drawn by Jack Kirby (The King!)

Inked by Chic Stone (The Master!)

Lettered by Art Simek (The Letterer!)

It’s quite clear at this point that neither Stan nor Jack are treating ‘It’s Clobbering Time’ as a proper catchphrase for The Thing. The phrase has clearly stuck with Stan from the previous issue of Strange Tales, but it has yet to embed itself into the strip in the same way that ‘Flame On’ has.

Which is why the second use of it comes on the page’s smallest panel, snuck in between an overly-explanatory caption box and a minuscule drawing of Ben breaking free of Iceman’s ice.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #28 on our thirty-first episode: Just Three Of The Guys, with special guest-host Shawn Engel.

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The Fantasticast Episode 123: Fantastic Four #107 – And Now – The Thing!

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , on March 28, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 123 (300)

Steve Buscemi’s Fantastic Four

Hello, and welcome to episode 123 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

This week on the Fantasticast, we’re taking a look Fantastic Four #107. Ben’s about to get defrosted, Janus is looming on the horizon, and nobody’s really caring about Crystal. More importantly, this is the first issue to feature art from Fantastic Four mainstay John Buscema.

As well as this, Steve’s autocorrect leads to an unusual arrival on the show, we wonder just how a lethargic alarm system would sound, and we exhibit a high level of suspicion regarding a claim that the Bullpen Bulletins are not just about plugging other books.

Click on this link to go to the libsyn page for this episode, or listen below.

Send in your feedback to fantastic4podcast@gmail.com, leave your comments at the libsyn site, or at fantasticflameon.wordpress.com. Follow us on twitter, where we are @fantasticast

Original artwork by Michael Georgiou. Check out his work at mikedraws.co.uk

Episode cover design by Samuel Savage.

Fantastic Four #28: Reed’s Stretchy Body 76

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , on March 25, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #28, page 9, panel 1

Fantastic Four #28, page 9, panel 1

Written by Stan Lee (The Leader!)

Drawn by Jack Kirby (The King!)

Inked by Chic Stone (The Master!)

Lettered by Art Simek (The Letterer!)

I love this panel a lot. I shouldn’t enjoy it as much as I do. I should be irritated by Reed’s body bending at right angles. I should be wondering just what muscles would allow someone to manipulate their body in such a way. I definitely shouldn’t be overthinking this as much as I am.

But, as with a lot of Kirby’s artwork, such anatomical concerns are completely invalidated by the sheer energy he imbues the image with. The Beast is moving at speed, and Reed’s stomach-side-step is clearly an instinctive reaction. The speed lines, the way Reed’s stomach seems to contract as if he were breathing in, the positioning of his arms, all of which make this image pop.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #28 on our thirty-first episode: Just Three Of The Guys, with special guest-host Shawn Engel.

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Fantastic Four #28: Reed’s Stretchy Body 75

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , on March 23, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #28, page 8, panel 2

Fantastic Four #28, page 8, panel 2

Written by Stan Lee (The Leader!)

Drawn by Jack Kirby (The King!)

Inked by Chic Stone (The Master!)

Lettered by Art Simek (The Letterer!)

We’ve seen Reed turn himself into a ball before. It’s a nifty defensive trick, one that apparently increases his dexterity, allowing him to avoid, for instance, a hail of bullets. This, however, is the first time he’s used his ball-form in such a circus-like fashion.

He probably shouldn’t have chosen the most agile of the mutants to try this trick on. The Beast is only momentarily thrown off-guard by the move, quickly using his oversized feet and gymnastic ability to take control. We’ll see what that looks like for Mr Fantastic in the next post.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #28 on our thirty-first episode: Just Three Of The Guys, with special guest-host Shawn Engel.

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The Fantasticast Episode 122: Fantastic Four #106 – The Monster Within

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , on March 21, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 122 (300)

It’s Pronounced Solzhenitsyn

Hello, and welcome to episode 122 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

This week, we’re taking a look at Fantastic Four #106, featuring the return of Joe Sinnott to the inking brush. A monstrous figure is laying waste to downtown New York, Reed’s experiments on Ben are reaching a critical point, and everyone’s already forgotten about Crystal.

We’ve also got an explanation for the hiccup in our release schedule, and after 122 episodes, tensions between the hosts finally spill over.

Click on this link to go to the libsyn page for this episode, or listen below.

Send in your feedback to fantastic4podcast@gmail.com, leave your comments at the libsyn site, or at fantasticflameon.wordpress.com. Follow us on twitter, where we are @fantasticast

Original artwork by Michael Georgiou. Check out his work at mikedraws.co.uk

Episode cover design by Samuel Savage.

Fantastic Four #28: Reed’s Stretchy Body 74

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , on March 18, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #28, page 7, panel 2

Fantastic Four #28, page 7, panel 2

Written by Stan Lee (The Leader!)

Drawn by Jack Kirby (The King!)

Inked by Chic Stone (The Master!)

Lettered by Art Simek (The Letterer!)

Well, I truly tempted fate by announcing a return to a regular posting schedule last week… The short version of what happened is that I developed intense lower leg pains, which were thought to be evidence of a blood clot for a bit. Thankfully, there was no clot, and with treatment of the muscles, I have made a full recovery. That’s why we’ve missed a couple of postings here, and why there was no episode of the show this past weekend. But, with everything back to normal, we’re back on schedule.

Today’s masterful panel comes from the moment where the X-Men reveal their true colours. Well, their true colours when they blindly follow the orders of Professor X. Cyclops opens up with a series of optical blasts that Reed decides to stretch his way around. It’s one of the best examples of Reed’s powers seen to date in the book. Reed retains his mass, stretching without thinning, which might seem a bit unlikely given the circumstances, but it’s a visual affectation that I really like.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #28 on our thirty-first episode: Just Three Of The Guys, with special guest-host Shawn Engel.

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Fantastic Four #28: Reed’s Stretchy Body 73

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , on March 11, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #27, page 6, panel 3

Fantastic Four #27, page 6, panel 3

Written by Stan Lee (The Leader!)

Drawn by Jack Kirby (The King!)

Inked by Chic Stone (The Master!)

Lettered by Art Simek (The Letterer!)

Back to the Fantastic Four, and it’s the issue that guest-starred the earliest X-Men, as drawn by Kirby. the basic plot is that the Thinker and the Puppet Master team up to take control of Professor X, who orders the X-Men to visit the Baxter Building and attack the Fantastic Four. The panel prior to this one reveals that the X-Men have access to a ‘late model Jetcopter’, and that the Baxter Building is home to a heliport. This is clearly before Reed installed numerous sliding panels in the roof to allow various Fantastic Four vessels to rise upwards.

And, apparently, this is before Reed installed security cameras on the roof. We saw, back in the Thinker’s first appearance, that CCTV was in place inside the Baxter Building. But despite aerial attacks from the likes of Doctor Doom, Reed clearly feels that the best way to keep an eye on the roof is to literally keep an eye on the roof.

And just how can he see the jetcopter and the X-Men from that angle? Surely all he can see is the side of the building?

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #28 on our thirty-first episode: Just Three Of The Guys, with special guest-host Shawn Engel.

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/FF_Episode_31.mp3]
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